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Ships and boats to go aboard at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

The Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd wil shortly announce the ships due to attend the 2017 Maritime Festival.

In previous years we've welcomed into port the Earl of Pembroke, the Esvagt, the Artemis, the Mercedes, The Jubilee Sailing Trust's Lord Nelson, the Grand Turk, the Götheborg and the Tug Challenge as well as a range of traditional Wherries and other ships.

Please note, if you are coming to the festival in a wheelchair, we recommend that you use the Middle Gate opposite Nottingham Way or the South Gate to enter the Maritime Festival. Historic South Quay features a lengthy stretch of cobblestones shortly after the entrance at North Gate which can be a little bit tricky and somewhat uncomfortable for some wheelchair users to navigate.

The Lydia Eva

Lydia Eva

Built in King's Lynn in 1930 and based in Great Yarmouth, Lydia Eva fished for Silver Darlings along the East Coast and North Sea for nine years until herring stocks declined!

The Royal Air Force brought her in 1939, using her in a variety of roles including salvage during the Second World War until she was laid up in 1969.

She was bought by the Maritime Trust in 1971/2 and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth.

Lydia Eva joined the Maritime Trust's national collection of vessels in St. Katherine's Dock in London in 1986 but was laid up again in 1990.

She eventually returned to East Anglia when the Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd was formed and opened as a museum. The Trust leases the ship and shares her between the ports of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Go onboard at the festival!

Watch this space for more ship news!

Wheelchair access

Please note, if you are coming to the festival in a wheelchair, we recommend that you use the Middle Gate opposite Nottingham Way or the South Gate to enter the Maritime Festival. Historic South Quay features a lengthy stretch of cobblestones shortly after the entrance at North Gate which can be a little bit tricky and somewhat uncomfortable for some wheelchair users to navigate.

Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to any of the ships to go aboard this year. 

Disclaimer

The Maritime Festival committee understands that whilst those ships and boats who advise the Maritime Festival of their intention to attend the festival do so in good faith, occasionally, usually due to weather conditions or sudden work committments they are unable to do so.

Information about ships and boats who have said they will attend is correct at the time of the Maritime Festival Souvenir Guide going to press approximately 10 days prior to the festival, however cannot be guaranteed.

This website will be updated with the most current information available about visiting ships and boats as soon as is practical. 

 

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